In a world where sequels are a dime a dozen, 300: Rise of the Empire is one of the most anticipated. Even those of us who aren’t into jacked, sweaty dudes can’t hide our excitement. We don’t still don’t have a trailer, but the 300: Rise of the Empire website is officially live and provides some excellent insight.
Walking the line between savvy statesman and battle-hardened soldier, this Greek general has no illusions about what motivates men, kings or gods. He knows well how the game is played.
A master strategist, Themistokles holds an unflinching vision for the glory of Greece and will do whatever it takes to realize that vision—whether leading the charge on the battlefield or subtly working his influence behind the scenes.
Now, facing the onslaught of the massive Persian navy, he may be outnumbered but not out-maneuvered. Knowing there’s more at stake here than his life and the lives of his men, he will gamble everything on a daring plan that could seal the fate of Greece and the future of democracy.
A woman commanding armies in a man’s world, this skilled and ruthless warrior—the real power behind Xerxes’ throne—knows that the rules have never applied to her. And never will. Meeting Themistokles head-on with the Persian armada, Artemisia will set the sea on fire, assaulting Greece not only for power and glory but for vengeance, the roots of which are known only to herself…and for which she is willing to sacrifice thousands and alter the fate of nations.
For those looking for a bunch of guys to yell “AHOO!” when asked their profession, you might be disappointed. This movie is about the Greeks, not the Spartans. That doesn’t mean the fighting will be any less impressive though. Director Noam Murro know what made Zack Snyder’s 300 so successful, and that was amazing and badass action sequences. They aren’t about to trade that in just because Gerard Butler didn’t make the ship.
Here are a few more images to tide you over until the first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire drops.